President Y.K Museveni who is also the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces, has reshuffled his top commanders in a move officials said is aimed at strengthening the operations of the UPDF in the Great Lakes region.
Army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire confirmed the deployments on today morning.
“The changes are aimed at strengthening UPDF command and administration in order to continue effectively delivering on our mandate,” said Brig Karemire.
Maj Gen Nakibus Lakara has been transferred from Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC) to AMISOM Force Headquarters where he will serve as Deputy Force Commander Operations.
Maj Gen Fred Ociti Tolit has been transferred from Burundi to South Africa as Defence Advisor. He previously served as Uganda’s Defense Attaché to the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of the UPDF General Court Martial, Makindye.
Brig Metland Bitumbika has been transferred from Chief of Pensions and Gratuity to Military Advisor at Uganda Permanent Mission to UN-New York.
Col Bob Ojiki from Kimaka has been appointed Commandant Junior Staff College while Col Bonny Bamwiseki shifts from 1st Division headquarters to Commander 4th Division, Gulu.
Brig Emmanuel Kanyesigye who has been commanding the 4th Division Gulu will move to Burundi as Defence Attache.
Brig Dominic Twesigomwe from Chieftaincy of Integrated Resource Management Information System (CIRMIS) to South Sudan as Defence Attache.
Kanyesigye’s new deployment comes at a time of increased tension between Burundi and Rwanda. Both countries accused each other of supporting rebels.
Kanyesigye, who previously headed Uganda’s military police, boasts considerable experience in warfare.
Brig Christopher Kiyingi Bossa moves from College of Logistics to Commandant Bihanga Training Centre.
Brigadier George Etyang has been transferred from South Africa to National Counter terrorism Centre.
Brig Paul Lokech who recently concluded his tour of duty in Somalia, moves to Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC).
Brig James Nambale who has been Camp Commandant, heads to Russia serve as Defence Attache.
Brig Baguma Mugume who has been at the National Defence College in India, moves to CIRMIS.
Most of the transfers affected critical areas of the army’s operations especially counter terrorism, information systems, logistics, intelligence and specialised training.
This has been done to increase the efficiency of the national army